Jamie N Commons
Amoeba San Francisco - August 13th @ 5:30pm
With his rich, rasping vocals and penchant for darkly passionate songwriting, British singer/guitarist Jamie N Commons delivers a gritty brand of rock and roll that instantly transports any listener to another era. Commons latest release, the EP Rumble And Sway (out now on Interscope), serves up a selection of songs that veer from stompy retro-soul to moody ballads to fiery, fuzzed-out pop.
For Commons, a fierce love for the blues at the heart of his high-powered rock began at a very early age. Born in Bristol but raised in Chicago, Commons accompanied his music-obsessed father to Allman Brothers Band and Neil Young concerts when he was a little kid. At 10, the back-to-back releases of Moby’s gospel-infused Play and the Americana-tinged O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack prompted Commons to delve more deeply into the roots of rock music.
By the time he was 15, Commons had scored his own guitar and started teaching himself to play. “I learned guitar the way most people do—just sitting in my bedroom for hours, copying Jimi Hendrix riffs,” he recalls. “After a while I was coming up with my own riffs, which probably sounded exactly like Jimi Hendrix at first but eventually took on their own sound.”
After several stints in high-school punk bands, Commons headed to Goldsmiths and soon became fascinated with British folk troubadours like Nick Drake and John Martyn and Delta blues legends like Mississippi John Hurt. While at school he put together a band and began playing shows at local dive bars, taking on a rigorous gigging schedule that quickly led him to land a publishing deal.
We did things the old-fashioned way when it came to our live shows, which means we just kept on playing and playing and gradually the venues got bigger and bigger,” Commons notes.
Also catch Jamie N Commons later that night at Cafe Du Nord!